Ben Ellingsen President Gympie Chamber of Commerce.
Ben Ellingsen President Gympie Chamber of Commerce. Tanya Easterby

RDA committee to help grow Gympie region

THE Gympie region will be boosted by the appointment of Regional Development Australia committees across the state.

Gympie Chamber of Commerce president Ben Ellingsen has been appointed to the Wide Bay RDA committee, and said this week his role was to ensure the Federal Government was aware of the needs of the Gympie region.

"Having a Gympie region representative on this committee is vital," Mr Ellingsen said.

"I think it is just a natural progression from the work the Chamber currently does with all three levels of government.

"We have a number of exciting opportunities in the pipeline, but we need to keep lobbying for ongoing economic development projects so that the region has a whole benefits."

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the appointments ensured RDA committees continued to drive economic growth and make the most of their region's potential.

"The RDA committees are well placed to help foster stronger regions across the nation and ensure all three tiers of government work together effectively," Mr Truss said.

"They will advise on priority activities that will unlock regional economic development and improve the productivity of their regions.

"RDA committees will provide advice to the Government on critical issues affecting each region and are an important mechanism to increase access to Australian Government programs in regional communities.

"The committees will also assist local community stakeholders to develop project proposals and will direct them to appropriate public and/or private funding sources - including the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund."

Regional Development Australia consists of a national network of 55 committees.

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